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Western Mediterranean: Valencia to Marseille

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Explore some of the highlights of the western Mediterranean on this delightful short cruise from Valencia to Marseille. Explore Valencia's diverse art and architecture before cruising up the Spanish coast to Barcelona. Here, discover Catalan culture and look for the distinctive architecture of this vibrant city, including Antoni Gaudi's soaring Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, which has been under construction since the 1880s. Visit the coastal towns of Collioure and Sete in France, looking for ancient structures repurposed for modern use, or spotting wildlife in the nearby lagoons. Your cruise ends in Marseille, France's second-largest city and busiest port, where French and north African cultures blend into a unique mix. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Valencia, Spain
Days 2-3 : Barcelona, Spain
Day 4 : Collioure, France
Day 5 : Sete, France
Day 6 : Marseille, France


  • Discover Valencia's diverse art and architecture
  • Wander the bustling streets of Barcelona
  • Explore smaller coastal towns in France
  • Find a mix of African and French culture in colorful Marseille


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Trip Snapshots

Escape the city for the nearby beaches Visit charming Marseille Discover French maritime history in Marseille Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona Wander through the vibrant streets of Barcelona Plaza del Ayuntamiento of Valencia, Spain

Day 1 Valencia, Spain

By turns centuries old and totally modern, Valencia is everything all at once. Today the beautiful old town and the old silk market "La Lonja de la Seda," a UNESCO World Heritage Site, still bear witness to the city's wealth in the Middle Ages. A brand new part of the city is situated in a drained river bed and has avant-garde buildings including a futuristic opera house, the largest aquarium in Europe, a botanical garden and a public park. Valencia intriguingly combines its 2,000-year heritage with its visions for the future. Explore before boarding your ship and setting sail. 

Day 2-3 Barcelona, Spain

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Barcelona revels in contrasts. Many enthuse over the beautiful elegant squares and boulevards, while others look for medieval romance in the Gothic quarter. Some love the artistic treasures in the Picasso Museum or the Joan Miró Foundation, but for most people Barcelona is the capital of Catalan Art Nouveau and its glory is epitomized in the spectacular Palau de la Música. At every turn, encounter the playfully opulent creations of architect Antonio Gaudi. His exuberant fantasies are evident in the numerous houses, idiosyncratic parks and the famous, as-yet incomplete Sagrada Familia cathedral, which has been under construction since 1882.

Day 4 Collioure, France

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This small town lies on the French Mediterranean coast, just north of the border with Spain. Explore the historic treasures of this commune: the local art museum houses works by Henri Matisse, and the Church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges, was built around a lighthouse dating to the 17th-century. Or simply enjoy the stunning views from this quaint seaside town. 

Day 5 Sete, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This port city in the French region of Occitanie offers white sandy beaches, sparkling Mediterranean views, and biodiverse lagoons. Take the time to explore this charming and historic city. 

Day 6 Marseille, France

  • 1 Breakfast
Marseille is the oldest and second-largest city in France, boasting the country's most important port. Europeans and Africans have rubbed shoulders here for over 2600 years, creating a unique blend of cultures. With its imposing town houses, "La Canebière" is the central boulevard leading to the old port where a lively fish market takes place every day. Marseille is a town in flux: the notorious old district of Panier has long since been cleaned up, and in 1995, the multicultural metropolis saw work begin on Euroméditerranée, the largest urban development project in Europe. Disembark your ship after breakfast to explore this vibrant city, continue on your independent travels, or return home. 

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A Category 5 cabin
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Category 5
These approx. 9.5 m2/102 sq ft cabins with their upper and lower single beds (each 80 cm x 200 cm) once accommodated the ship’s officers, and their original features exude a romantic charm. These cabins can be ventilated with fresh air both day and night as the cabin door leads directly to the Promenade Deck beneath the bridge.
A Category 4 cabin
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Category 4
These cabins are each approx. 10.5 m2/113 sq ft and located on the Promenade Deck. They are furnished similarly to Cat. 3 cabins.
A Category 3 Twin-Bed Cabin
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Category 3
Located on the Promenade Deck, each of these outside cabins also features panorama windows, a marble bathroom with a fitted shower and a substantially sized wardrobe. They are approx. 12.5 m2/135 sq ft in size with two single beds (each 80 cm x 200 cm).
A Category 2 Twin-Bed Cabin
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Category 2
Each of these cabins features a marble bathroom with a fitted shower, two single beds (each 80 cm x 200 cm) which can be placed together, a substantially sized wardrobe and additional built-in storage space. Their location on the Captain’s and Lido Deck and their design, featuring two panorama windows, mean these approx. 13.5 m2/145 sq ft cabins feel extremely bright.
A deluxe Category 1 Cabin
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Category 1
These two double-bed cabins are located on the Captain’s and Lido Deck and feature unique corner panorama windows. Approx. 13 m2/140 sq ft in size, they offer a substantial wardrobe, a double bed with two mattresses (each 80 cm x 200 cm) and a spacious, elegant bathroom with a fitted shower.
Sea Cloud Category C Cabin
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Category C
Warm and bright tones dominate these approx. 18-20 m2/198-215 sq ft deluxe outside cabins fitted with a double bed (160 cm x 200 cm) The cabins feature a modern elegance, generous storage space and a walk-in closet and a marble bathroom.
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Category B
Main Deck. Portholes, two single beds or king bed with two separate mattresses, one or two chairs, nightstand, decorative marble fireplace, walk-in closet, safe, A/C, private bath with shower or tub.
The luxurious owner's cabin (Category A)
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Category A
Main Deck. Portholes, large double bed, two armchairs, antique nightstands, table or antique secretary, decorative marble fireplace, desk, walk-in closet, safe, A/C, private bath with tub and portholes.


Rates are based on double occupancy. A limited number of cabins can be booked for individual use for an additional charge.

Rates Include:
  • Beautifully appointed cabin in selected category
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • All meals (six per day) from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with choice of main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • Selected wines and beers thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • E-mails can be sent free of charge from the on-board laptop
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel documents with detailed destination information
  • All port fees
Rates Exclude:
  • Shore excursions. Contact us for pricing.
  • Tips
  • Excess luggage (allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger)
  • Additional meals and beverages (so far as not expressly included)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Transfers
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